Saturday, January 28, 2012

Kitchen Beauty: DIY Facial Scrub

As you all know, I prefer natural products when possible, especially when it comes to my skin--which is super sensitive. Lately, my skin has been even more sensitive than usual, so I'm finding myself really having to work to find products that don't irritate my face. One thing I often do is skip the store and make certain products at home to use on my face. This recipe is for a sugar scrub I've used in the past with great success. The ingredients are effective and it"s 100% natural! Even better, these things can often be found in your kitchen right now!

Lemon in the Coconut Facial Scrub (sorry, not lime lol)

You'll need:
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil (I use an organic extra virgin coconut oil by Nutiva, but any coconut oil will work)
  • 1 Tablespoon Granulated Sugar (I use organic fair-trade sugar, but anything will work. In the picture I used my "regular" baking sugar because the bag was prettier. I purchase my sugar loose so it's in a plain plastic bag--kind of boring!)
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice (I was out of fresh lemons so I used straight, all natural lemon juice from a bottle that I use for baking. I suggest using fresh lemons whenever possible, but lemon juice from the bottle works, too.)
Making the mask is easy, simply measure out and combine the ingredients in a small bowl or mug until the sugar is completely dispersed throughout the coconut oil and lemon mix. Keep in mind, coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, but has such a low melting point that simply making contact with your fingers will melt it.

Apply this mixture to your face as you would any normal exfoliator, avoiding your eyes and the delicate skin around your eyes. Make sure you aren't super rough on your skin as you don't want to cause any damage. Gently massage the mixture into your face (or any other part of your body) in a delicate, circular motion. Make sure you don't stay in one area for too long, again you don't want to cause any damage, just polish away dead skin. I always make sure I don't forget to do my lips! This mixture is a great way to keep that pout soft and smooth.

Once you've gently massaged this mixture all over your face (or part of your body), carefully rinse it off with warm water. You'll find that the coconut oil will leave a thin layer on your skin after rinsing, so I generally take a soft cloth dampened with warm water and wipe the rest away once the sugar has rinsed off.

Your skin should be nice and exfoliated now! This works great if used gently on your face, but it also works wonders on the rest of your body! Whether you want to do your feet, elbows, etc. this will do the trick! And, it's natural and cheap. ;)

If any of you try this out let me know how it goes! It's been a while since I've posted any DIY beauty recipes, but I'm really going to try to do these posts more often, especially since it's such a part of my regular beauty routine. I am a nut about ingredients and I do a lot of research before using anything on myself so that I understand the benefits, way ingredients work, etc. If you have any DIY beauty requests let me know and I'll see if I have or can come up with an effective recipe for you guys!  


  1. I like it! I was going to do a honey, olive oil, milk and sugar scrub tomorrow. I'm going to keep this recipe at hand because I have coconut oil on autoship from so I'm always looking for ways to use it other than a moisturizer.


    1. Nice!!! I love EVOO and I use honey in a ton of my DIY beauty stuff, too :)--really does amazing things for my skin. Coconut oil is so fabulous, I love it for moisturizing and cooking! Works great in hair, too. ;)

  2. This sounds delicious! I want to try it!

    1. It's lovely if you like coconut and citrus--which I do! ;)

  3. I learned from a dermatologist that even if you have oily, blemish-prone skin you should start your routine with a gentle, non-soap face wash. I ordered online a up a bottle of Shielo's Compexion Scrub (with Jojoba Microspheres!). As it turns out, I made a good choice because the Shielo Complexion Scrub has worked well for my oily skin.

    It has a delicate, fresh scent. I didn't really get much lather during use, but it was enough to clear away all of my makeup without irritating my face or my eyes. The cleanser washed off easily and thoroughly, and my face didn't feel sticky with residue or tight as if it had been stripped. With a freshly clean palette, my nightime treatment goes on smoothly and without irritation. This is a good choice for anyone whose skin needs a gentle--but thorough--cleanser.

    1. Thanks for the rec ;) I guess I'm fortunate that I don't have oily or blemish-prone skin, but have super sensitive skin DEFINITELY means I can't use most products.

      It's always nice when you find something that works for you!


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